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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BS IN BIOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Dean Linda A. Hicke in the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Natural Sciences section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The department, the college faculty, and the dean approved the changes on September 25, 2013, September 25, 2013, and September 30, 2013, respectively. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on December 11, 2013, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with UT System.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Facultyby January 17, 2014.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 2, 2014.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BS IN BIOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Type of Change:
x
Academic Change

IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED:
• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM AND GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHANGE:
Prescribed Work Common to All Options
1. Add one flag each in ethics and leadership, independent inquiry, and quantitative reasoning.
Rationale: The college added independent inquiry flags to many of its courses, and many degree requirements include courses that are flagged with the quantitative reasoning flag. The college is hopeful that there are sufficient flagged ethics and leadership courses to enable students to accept these flags. The college encourages students to select flagged courses that fulfill other degree requirements.
2. Req #2: Remove foreign language/foreign culture requirement from Option II, Human Biology.
Rationale: Eliminating this requirement follows the spirit of the BSA and provides more flexibility for students in completing their degrees.
3. Req #3b: Remove Biology 365R and add Neuroscience 365R.
Rationale: Course changed field of study with reorganization of School of Biological Sciences.

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Option I
1. Req #10: Change Biology 328M to Statistics and Data Sciences 328M.
Rationale: Biostatistics is now offered under SDS.
2. Req #11d, 11ei, and 11eiv: Remove BIO 342L, 262 and 262L, 363, and 359.
Rationale:
These courses were deleted from the course inventory effective fall 2013.

Human Biology, Option II
1. Req #5 and 6: Remove second semester of calculus (req #5). Add an advanced statistics course, SDS 348, in computational biology (req #6) as an alternative to a second semester of calculus.
Rationale:
Computational skills have become relevant if not essential to data acquisition, visualization, and analysis in biology. Addition of this computational course is a vital step toward equipping Human Bajors with contemporary skills that will enhance their competitiveness in today's market. The course will also open vistas of inquiry that will lead them in new directions while completing their degree.
2. Req #5: Move BIO 328M from req #11, and add SDS 328M as an approved laboratory course to reg #5.
Rationale:
BIO 328M and SSC/SDS 328M were cross-listed in previous semesters. There are no plans to teach BIO 328M in the future. Biology students will be directed into SDS 328M instead. BIO 328M or SSC 328M has been counting toward the requirement for four laboratory courses by memo as a standard practice due to the increased computer lab time. The addition of an asterisk for SDS 328M formally designates SDS 328M to count toward the upper-division laboratory requirement.
3. Reqs #5, 10, 12a, and 13: Designate approved upper-division laboratory courses with asterisks. Add BIO 206L and 208L. Remove ANT 432L, KIN 324K, and MNS 120L as being designated lab courses. Move placement of phrase that at least one upper-division laboratory course in biology must be completed.
Rationale: Adding asterisks to lab courses will make it clearer to students to indicate which courses will also count toward the lab requirement. BIO 206L and 208L have long been understood and advised as the only lower-division biology lab courses. ANT 432L, KIN 324K, and MNS 120L are now noted as lab courses with asterisks. Moved phrase requiring one upper-division laboratory course in biology to qualify the statement “three of these courses must be upper-division.”
4. Req #12:
a. Reduce upper-division biology from twenty-one to eighteen hours by removing anatomy requirement.
Rationale:
Anatomy is no longer required but instead is a choice in fulfilling the concentration requirement. By reducing required hours, students will have more flexibility in choosing courses within areas of interest.
b. Change BIO 365R to NEU 365R.
Rationale: Course changed fields of study with reorganization of School of Biological Sciences into separate departments.
5. Req #13: Alter six concentration areas into Group A (three concentrations) and Group B (four concentrations). Students may take fifteen hours from either Group A or Group B to fulfill the requirement. Delete CH 369 from each individual concentration, and add to Group A general requirement as BCH 369. Add a new concentration area in human variation and evolution that includes courses from old anatomy requirement courses (ANT 432L, BIO 446L, 478L, KIN 324K) and new anthropology courses. Relocate exclusion statements (Only one of the following may be counted: ANT 432L, BIO 446L, 478L, or KIN 324K; and SOC 319 and 369K may not both be counted).
Rationale:
The faculty created a concentration area comprised of the anatomy courses removed from requirement #12b and anthropology courses added upon discussion of the concentration with Deborah Bolnick, associate professor in anthropology. The human variation and evolution concentration follows recent research trends in this specialty, better equipping students who are interested in specialty who go on to graduate school. In addition, creating two main groupings for the concentrations will better enable students to enroll in sufficient hours to meet the concentration requirement, without need of individual petitioning. CH 369 is now offered as BCH 369 due to reorganization of School of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry. Relocated exclusion statements due to reorganization of six concentrations into two groups of three and four concentrations each, respectively.
6. Req #13: Make course-level alterations to previously existing concentrations.
#13, Group A, a: Add BIO 320, 325L, 327E, and 339. Remove CH 369 and BIO 337 (Topic: Epigenetics) and 379J.
Rationale: Addition of acceptable courses and deletion of courses no longer taught. Added courses have been
7. #13, Group A, b: Add BIO 327D, 327E, 339, and 361. Remove 337 (Topic: Emerging Infectious Disease) and 337 (Topic: Epigenetics).
Rationale: Addition of acceptable courses and deletion of courses no longer taught.
8. #13, Group A, c: Add BIO 327E, 327D, 331L, 337 (Topic: Genomics), 339, 361P, 366, and NEU 365T. Remove CH 369 and BIO 337 (Topic: Emerging Infectious Disease), 339M, and 365T.
Rationale: Addition of acceptable courses and deletion of courses no longer taught. Fundamentals of Biochemistry is no longer taught in CH field of study but instead in BCH field of study.
9. #13, Group B, a: Add BCH 369, SOC 308 (5 topics), 321K, and add PHR 310K as an alternative to PHR 350K. Remove CH 369 and relocate statement that SOC 319 and 369K may not both be counted.
Rationale: Addition of acceptable courses and deletion of courses no longer taught. Fundamentals of Biochemistry is no longer taught in CH field of study but instead in BCH field of study. SOC 319 and 369K statement is relocated.
10. #13, Group B, a: Add BCH 369 and remove CH 369. Remove statement that SOC 319 and 369K may not both be counted.
Rationale: Fundamentals of Biochemistry is no longer taught in CH field of study but instead in BCH field of study. SOC 319 and 369K statement is relocated.
11. #13, Group B, c: Add BIO lab asterisk to 373L. Remove BIO 359 and 478T.
12. #13, Group B, d: Add a new concentration area in human variation and evolution that includes courses from old anatomy requirement courses and new anthropology courses. The new concentration is composed of courses in anthropology, biology, and kinesiology courses that were required previously for all majors (ANT 432L, BIO 446L, 478L, and KIN 324K) and additional courses. Additional courses are: ANT 346L, 346M, 347C, 348, 348K (approved topics only), 349C 350C, 351E, and BCH 369. Rationale: The faculty created a concentration area comprised of the anatomy courses removed from requirement #12b and anthropology courses added upon discussion of the concentration with Deborah Bolnick, associate professor in anthropology. The human variation and evolution concentration follows recent research trends in this specialty, better equipping students who are interested in specialty who go on to graduate school. In addition, creating two main groupings for the concentrations will better enable students to enroll in sufficient hours to meet the concentration requirement, without need of individual petitioning. Old Req #13: Delete BIO 137 (Topic 1: Senior Seminar in Human Biology).
13. Old Req #13: Delete BIO 137 (Topic 1: Senior Seminar in Human Biology).
Rationale:
A main feature of the course was to receive feedback from senior human biology majors about their experiences and suggestions for areas of improvement. The content does not warrant the course being required for all majors. In addition, it is difficult to adequately staff the course.
14. Req #14: Reduce the option hours from 126 to 120.
Rationale: The faculty reduced requirements in order to reduce the overall hours required for the degree. The reduction does not diminish the value of their educational experience in biology.

Marine and Freshwater Biology, Option III:
1. Change the name of Option III to Marine and Freshwater Science
Rationale: The current title, Marine and Freshwater Biology, does not accurately reflect the content of the degree. Marine Science is inherently interdisciplinary, requiring knowledge of not only biology but also chemistry, physics, etc. for understanding complex problems. Changing the title to Marine and Freshwater Science would more accurately reflect the content of the degree and the variety of instruction that students experience in the program.
2. Req #10: Add SDS 328M as an alternative to BIO 328M.
Rationale: BIO 328M is currently not offered. Statistics and Data Sciences 328M is the equivalent course, Biostatistics, offered in the SDS field of study.
3. Req #11: Replace GEO 307 or MNS 307 Introduction to Oceanography with MNS 310 Fundamentals of Marine Science
Rationale: Currently, students in the Option III degree plan are required to take MNS 307, Introduction to Oceanography, a course that is targeted to students outside of the College of Natural Sciences. Students in the degree plan who need to complete upper-division coursework in marine science, would benefit from a more rigorous and in-depth introduction to marine science. The course MNS 310 Fundamentals of Marine Science has been designed to provide a greater depth and rigor of instruction, and it will better prepare students for their upper-division coursework. GEO 307 is deleted from the course inventory effective Spring 2014.
4. Req #12c: Add MNS 356 and 357 to the list of courses that can be used to fulfill the twenty-one semester hours of coursework required.
Rationale: MNS 356 and 357 are new numbered courses that were added effective in 2014. These courses are currently offered as unnumbered topics under MNS 353 and have been approved by petition for the requirements in12c. These unnumbered topics have now been assigned a unique course number and these new numbers need to be reflected in the degree statement.

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Option IV:

1. Reg #5 and #11: Reduce calculus to one semester and add biostatistics (remove BIO 328M from Req #11 and add to #5 as SDS 328M).
Rationale: To build the foundation necessary to advance modern biological research, students are better served with taking only one semester in calculus and having exposure to analyzing statistical data in the field of biology. Biology 328M is now offered under SDS 328M.
2. Req #7: Change CH 369 to BCH 369.
Rationale: This field of study change is due to the recent reorganization of the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Biochemistry courses were previously listed under the chemistry field of study.
3. Req #7: Remove CH 339K and 339L as alternatives to BCH 369.
Rationale: Department of Molecular Biosciences is deleting CH 339K and 339L because the material is duplicated in BCH 369, a course for students who are not majoring in biochemistry and do not need a depth of information other than foundational concepts in biochemistry.
4. Req #10: Add BIO 377-FRI, a Freshman Research Initiative undergraduate research course, to existing undergraduate research options that may count as an upper-division laboratory course if approved in advance.
Rationale: Depending on the project, students can gain considerable experience in a research laboratory setting. The faculty supports this endeavor if the project is sufficiently relevant to the degree option.
5. Remove BIO 326M as an alternative to 326R.
Rationale: BIO 326M does not cover sufficient material for the microbiology majors to be an acceptable prerequisite for other required microbiology courses such as BIO 330, 339, 360K, and 366.
6. Req #11: Remove BIO 332 as an alternative to 320.
Rationale: The course is no longer offered with sufficient frequency.

Cell and Molecular Biology, Option V
:
1. Req #5 and #10d: Remove one semester of calculus and relocate biostatistics from #10d to #5 as SDS 328M.
Rationale: To build the foundation necessary to advance modern biological research, students are better served with taking only one semester in calculus and having exposure to analyzing statistical data in the field of biology. Biology 328M is now offered under SDS 328M.
2. Req #7 and #10d: Remove CH 353M as a requirement in #7 and add CH 353 or 353M as an option in #10d. Replace CH 369 with BCH 369. Remove CH 339K and 339L.
Rationale: Department of Molecular Biosciences has determined that a specific course in physical chemistry is not necessary for students who are focused on the study of cell and molecular biology. However, CH 353, or its duplicate, CH 353M, is appropriate as an alternative to the approved biology courses in 10d. Fundamentals of Biochemistry is now offered as BCH 369 instead of CH 369 due to the reorganization of the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Department of Molecular Biosciences is deleting CH 339K and 339L because the material is duplicated in BCH 369, a course for students who are not majoring in biochemistry and do not need a depth of information other than foundational concepts in biochemistry.
3. Req #9: Add that BIO 377-FRI/377/379H may be used for the second laboratory course if approved in advance by advisor.
Rationale: The statement is meant to encourage students who take the 377 or 379H research courses to petition them for laboratory credit if appropriate.
4. Req #10c: Change field of study for 365R from BIO to NEU.
Rationale: With the reorganization of the School of Biological Sciences, Vertebrate Neurobiology is now offered as a neuroscience course.
5. Req #10d: Add BIO 325T and 327D; remove BIO 382M, 329, 129L, 332, 333, 343M, 345, 365D, 365L, 365T, 365W. Add NEU 365D, 365L, 365T, 365W; remove BIO 365D, 365L, 365T, 365W.
Rationale: BIO 325T, Human Genetics, is a relatively new course that is appropriate as a choice for cell and molecular biology majors. BIO 327D, Emerging Infectious Diseases, has been approved through individual petitions on a long-standing basis. BIO 328M is now offered as SDS 328M and is relocated to requirement #5. BIO 329, 129L, 332, 333, 343M, 345 are no longer offered with sufficient frequency. BIO 365D, 365L, 365T, and 365W were taught under BIO field of study until recent reorganization of School of Biological Sciences. Are now taught under NEU 365D, 365L, 365T, and 365W.

Neurobiology, Option VI
:
1. Req #9: Add NEU 366L, 366P, 366S; remove BIO 366L, 366P, 366S.
Rationale: This field of study change is due to the recent reorganization of the School of Biological Sciences. Some neuroscience courses were previously listed under the biology field of study.
2. Req #10b: Add NEU 365D, 365T, 365W, 366C, 366D, 366F. Remove BIO 365D, 365T, 365W, 366C, 366D, and 366F.
Rationale: This field of study change is due to the recent reorganization of the School of Biological Sciences. Some neuroscience courses were previously listed under the biology field of study.
3. Req #10c: Add BCH 369; remove CH 369. Delete CH 339K and 339L.
Rationale: This field of study change is due to the recent reorganization of the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Biochemistry courses were previously listed under the chemistry field of study. CH 339K and 339L have been deleted from the chemistry course inventory.

Plant Biology, Option VII
:
1. Req #5: Remove one semester of calculus and add SDS 328M, biostatistics.
Rationale: To build the foundation necessary to advance modern biological research, students are better served with taking only one semester in calculus and having exposure to analyzing statistical data in the field of biology.
2. Req #9: Add statement that Freshman Research Initiative undergraduate research, undergraduate research, or undergraduate thesis, may count as an upper-division laboratory course if approved in advance.
Rationale: Depending on the project, students can gain considerable experience in a research laboratory setting. The faculty supports this endeavor if the project is sufficiently relevant to the degree option.
3. Req #9: Remove statement that BIO 177, 277, or 377 may count only once toward the laboratory requirement.
Rationale: With the addition of the statement regarding BIO 377-FRI/377/379H, etc, the deleted statement is redundant.
4. Req #10: Add BIO 328D, 352, and BCH 369. Remove BIO 128L, 343M, 262, 262L, and 363.
Rationale: BIO 328D, 352 and BCH 369 are added to provide more options for students. BIO 128L and 343M are no longer offered with sufficiency frequency. BIO 262, 262L, and 363 are deleted from the course inventory.

Teaching, Option VIII:
1. Req #6: Add SCI 360 (Topic 4: Physics by Inquiry) and PHY 108 (Introduction to Research) as an alternative to second half of physics sequence.
Rationale: Composite certification in Texas means that students who major in biology, take two physics courses, and become teachers both legally and practically can find themselves assigned to teach physics at some point in their careers. Thus, we have to ask how best to prepare them. The American Physical Society is finalizing recommendations on the preparation of physics teachers, and the recommendation for exemplary preparation is that future physics teachers have the opportunity to study physics with a master physics teacher who models for them the best pedagogical strategies they would need in a high school setting. SCI 360 (Topic 4: Physics by Inquiry) is the best course at the University for this purpose. At the same time, biology majors also need fluency in standard numerical problems, if only because they may wish to keep career options open by taking the MCAT. The PHY 108 course accompanying SCI 360 addresses this need. While we do not want to forbid biology majors from satisfying their physics requirement with conventional physics courses, we do wish to ensure that the SCI 360/PHY 108 combination, which is probably preferable preparation, will be allowed.
2. Req #7: Change CH 369 to BCH 369.
Rationale: Course changed field of study with the reorganization of the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
3. Req #13a: Add BCH 369 to be counted as upper-division biology hours. Add “science” courses to count BCH 369 toward the composite science certification.
Rational: In the biology teaching option there are two tracks, one for students seeking Composite Science certification and one for students seeking life science certification. The current requirements for upper-division biology for composite science certification add up to a minimum of twenty-one upper-division hours beyond BIO 325, instead of the required twenty-four upper-division hours. Allowing three hours of biochemistry to count towards upper-division biology hours will help students meet the twenty-four upper-division hours requirement.

Biology Honors, Option IX
:
1. Req #8: Change Biology 365R to Neuroscience 365R
Rationale: Change in field of study due to reorganization of the School of Biological Sciences.

Computational Biology, Option X
:
1. Req #5 and #6: Change Statistics and Scientific Computation field of study to Statistics and Data Sciences field of study (Req #5: SDS 329C, 321, 325H, and 328M; Req #6: SDS 222 and 329D). BIO 328M is now SDS 328M.
Rationale: The courses are now offered under SDS due to a change in the field of study.
2. Req #11: Count SDS 328M to count as one of the four upper-division lab requirements in the Computational Biology option.
Rationale: Currently, BIO 321G, Introduction to Computational Biology, counts toward one of the four lab requirements. SDS 328M contains a computational lab in which students learn how to analyze and model real-world data using statistical software. The future computational biologists we are educating are better served with an additional computational experience, rather than a wet-lab experience.

Order and Choice of Work: Remove M 408D and 408S.
Rationale:
Several biology options will require only one semester of calculus. Some may continue to require two semesters. The BS in Biology Order and Choice of Work section should include only courses that are common to all options.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):


Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  Yes.
Option VIII: UTeach students currently take this class, which is designed for pre-service science teachers who might teach physics at the middle and/or high school level. Other interested UTeach students will be accommodated.
Option II: Eight additional ANT courses were added to the new concentration titled Human Variation and Evolution.
Option II: Six additional SOC courses and one PHR course were added to the Social Aspects of Health and Disease concentration.
Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
  Yes.
If yes, explain:
  Approximately forty-six chemical engineers per year take CH 339K as an optional course in their degree plan.
Eight additional ANT courses were added to the new concentration Human Variation and Evolution.
Six additional SOC courses and 1 PHR course were added to the Social Aspects of Health and Disease concentration.
Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
  Yes.
The addition of anthropology courses may impact other students.
The addition of sociology and pharmacy courses may impact other students.
If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
  How many students do you expect to be impacted? Twenty (b) Twenty (c)
Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Person communicated with: Liza Shapiro, Associate Chair, Department of Anthropology
Date of communication: June 25, 2013
Response: The anthropology department approves the changes regarding the addition of anthropology courses as fulfilling requirements for the BS in Biology, Human Biology option, as noted in your email to James Bull below.
Person communicated with: Christine Williams, Chair, Department of Sociology

Date of communication: September 24, 2013

Response: Sociology approves this plan.
Person communicated with: Patrick Davis, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. College of Pharmacy
Date of communication: September 25, 2013
Response: I checked with the instructor and that should be fine.
Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
  No.
If yes, explain:
  N/A
If yes, undergraduate studies must be informed of the proposed changes and their response included:
  N/A
Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion?
  Yes
If yes, explain:
  Yes for Option II, Human Biology, only. Option II will be reduced from 126 hours to 120 hours.
COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: Option I: September 9, 2013;
Option II: May 7, September 24 and 25, 2013; Option III: May 18, 2013;
Option IV: September 9, 2013; Option V: September 9, 2013;
Option VI: September 16, 2013; Option VII: September 9, 2013;
Option VIII: February 8, 2013;
Option IX: September 18, 2013; Option X: September 10, 25, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: February 12, 2013; May 21, 2013; September 11, 18, and 25, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 30, 2013

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